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#1 Douglas John Kropla

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 04:59 PM

I took the plunge and I am upgrading from my Flyer LE. I found a 3A setup, post, gimbal, dovetail plates and other odds and ends. My question is are their any peculiarities associated with this setup? Also, what weight is that gimbal rated for? Any responses would be truly appreciated.

Here is the ebay item I just bought, to give you a better idea when I say odds and ends.
http://cgi.ebay.ca/w...em=130410964854
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#2 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 11:47 PM

I took the plunge and I am upgrading from my Flyer LE. I found a 3A setup, post, gimbal, dovetail plates and other odds and ends. My question is are their any peculiarities associated with this setup? Also, what weight is that gimbal rated for? Any responses would be truly appreciated.

Here is the ebay item I just bought, to give you a better idea when I say odds and ends.
http://cgi.ebay.ca/w...em=130410964854



Well I'd say that you bought some odds and ends.

The 3A gimbal was originally rated at 65lbs total weight
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#3 Douglas John Kropla

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 10:03 AM

I took the plunge and I am upgrading from my Flyer LE. I found a 3A setup, post, gimbal, dovetail plates and other odds and ends. My question is are their any peculiarities associated with this setup? Also, what weight is that gimbal rated for? Any responses would be truly appreciated.

Here is the ebay item I just bought, to give you a better idea when I say odds and ends.
http://cgi.ebay.ca/w...em=130410964854



Well I'd say that you bought some odds and ends.

The 3A gimbal was originally rated at 65lbs total weight



Thanks Eric. It is a work in progress:) I'll post some pics when it's fully baked. How does the saying go...
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97% perspiration;)
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#4 Billy Green

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 12:23 AM

Hey Douglas,

I didn't see the package you bought, but I'll tell you this:

I bought a modified Steadicam 3 package in '08 and it wasn't even a 3A. My package had a Pro 1 Donkey Box, Steadicam 3 Sled (didn't telescope), Transvideo Rainbow 1 monitor, Seitz wireless system, coherent video transmitter, 3a arm, 3a or 3? vest and a bunch of accessories for $8,000. The monitor was held by an Israeli Arm attached to a Home Depot piece that loosened up every time I tightened up the arm and there were a variety of things I had to monitor when I operated.

My shots with this setup were level and smooth, but required a lot more work to do so. As a result, I had to work really hard and had to have a lot of control over the gimbal.

The way I look at it now, as I did then, is you're better off when everything is manual. That way, you have to be in control of everything (much like photography with a manual camera), but when you have all the bells and whistles, you'll be that much better.

As long as you can fly the heavy cameras, you're all good.

Good purchase and if you have any questions, please contact me.

Best,

Billy Green
Camera/Steadicam/Underwater Operator
516-639-2295
WilliamHGreeniv@hotmail.com
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#5 Douglas John Kropla

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 08:55 AM

Hey Douglas,

I didn't see the package you bought, but I'll tell you this:

I bought a modified Steadicam 3 package in '08 and it wasn't even a 3A. My package had a Pro 1 Donkey Box, Steadicam 3 Sled (didn't telescope), Transvideo Rainbow 1 monitor, Seitz wireless system, coherent video transmitter, 3a arm, 3a or 3? vest and a bunch of accessories for $8,000. The monitor was held by an Israeli Arm attached to a Home Depot piece that loosened up every time I tightened up the arm and there were a variety of things I had to monitor when I operated.

My shots with this setup were level and smooth, but required a lot more work to do so. As a result, I had to work really hard and had to have a lot of control over the gimbal.

The way I look at it now, as I did then, is you're better off when everything is manual. That way, you have to be in control of everything (much like photography with a manual camera), but when you have all the bells and whistles, you'll be that much better.

As long as you can fly the heavy cameras, you're all good.

Good purchase and if you have any questions, please contact me.

Best,

Billy Green
Camera/Steadicam/Underwater Operator
516-639-2295
WilliamHGreeniv@hotmail.com



Hey Billy,
thanks for the reply and offer. I did not in the end buy that mess o' parts as the deal felt a little odd. Felt like a scam. If it wasn't a scam I apologize to the seller.
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